To The Girl Who's In A Funk

So if you're reading this then you're most likely in a funk. You know those weeks where you're struggling to concentrate and feel as if you're failing yourself and everyone around you. These weeks are typically few and far between for me (thankfully) and I hope you can say the same! When I get in these moods it feels like time freezes and I am stuck for an unknown amount of time. I don't like feeling stuck and I am sure you don't either! A funk can be caused for many reasons and you have to figure out where your funk started in order to get yourself through the rough patch. I always picture myself walking through a large open field with silky green grass and getting stuck in the mud. That is

"Mommy, I Cleaned Up My Room!"

"Mommy, I cleaned up my room!" My daughter came bounding down the hallway to tell me she finished cleaning her room. I only had to ask her one-million times before it actually happened but FINALLY it was clean. She wanted me to come look at her room and see her hard work so I stopped what I was doing and walked to her room with her. All the way down the hall she was giddy with excitement over her room. She simply could not wait to show me. As I turned the corner, I realized it was, in fact, clean but not in the way I expected. It was better than it looked ten minutes ago, but not at all how I would have cleaned it. She had placed papers and toys around her room and called it her "decorations

Becoming Broken Over People

I hate the news. It is depressing and discouraging and I typically try to steer clear from it all. I want to hear the positive and lovely and wonderful. The happy endings and the happy tears. This has become an unhealthy habit for me because I have hardened my heart to the pain of others. How can I, as a writer who wants to encourage women, harden my heart to pain? Galatians 6:2 says, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." There is always a root cause so I went straight to the root of my problem. I get uncomfortable and anxious when I hear about despair, disease and death. My anxiety already torments me and causes me to worry about these painful circumstances happ

For Such A Time As This

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)" The book of Esther fires me up. She was a young jewish woman who saved her people from mass execution. She bravely went before the king without being summoned which could have ended her life. She was quickly favored by King Ahaserus as he made her queen. She was fatherless and motherless and being raised by her cousin Mordecai. From the outside looking in, you wouldn't look at her and think she was 'queen' materi

The Season of Legalism

I recently threw away this canvas wall hanging of my husband and I. Right before we moved, I walked down my driveway and confidently chucked it in our large hunter green trash can for the garbage truck to haul off to a landfill never to be seen again. You probably won't guess why I threw it away unless you're one of the few people who know about my season of legalism. It is no secret that I adore my husband so why would I throw a lovely picture of us away? Believe it or not, my husband actually agreed that we both got uncomfortable even glancing at this picture hanging on our bedroom wall. It brought back painful memories and represented a season where we were bound by the chains of legalism

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